January 31 2013
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which was delayed an hour by frost Thursday morning, was suspended by darkness at 8:05 p.m. ET.
As the sun set, Phil Mickelson owned the lead at 11 under after narrowly missing an opportunity to shoot the elusive 59 only five TOUR players have ever posted. The two-time champ had birdie putts on the last two holes but ended up shooting his second 60 at TPC Scottsdale -- with the other coming in his 2005 victory.
Mickelson joins Zach Johnson as the only players in PGA TOUR history with multiple rounds of 60 or better.
Ryan Palmer, Brandt Snedeker, Padraig Harrington, Ted Potter Jr. and Jeff Maggert are tied for second after shooting 67s. The group of nine finished at 6 under included Brian Gay, who won the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation two weeks ago, as well as Nick Watney, who tied for fourth at Torrey Pines on Monday; Bill Haas; Nicolas Colsaerts; Matt Every, Y.E. Yang; Justin Leonard; Martin Flores and Hank Kuehne.
John Mallinger and John Rollins had the best rounds going of the 33 players remaining on the course at 6 under through 15 and 13 holes, respectively.
Players will return at 9:30 a.m. ET on Friday to finish their rounds. The second round will begin as scheduled at the same time.